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Transforming local communities with the power of philanthropy

Surrey is one of the largest counties in Britain with a population of over a million people. While it is a largely affluent county, this apparent prosperity masks pockets of high deprivation which can often be neglected and lead to some marked inequalities.

The Community Foundation for Surrey is an independent charitable trust established to inspire local giving for local needs. We work with donors who want to give something back to their local communities and voluntary groups providing vital services for local people and disadvantaged individuals.

Giving with the Community Foundation for Surrey is designed to be as simple as possible. Donors benefit from the Community Foundation’s due diligence, and knowledge of local needs and can connect with the causes they care about to increase the impact of their giving.

Uncover Surrey

While Surrey is a largely affluent county, this apparent prosperity masks pockets of high deprivation.

Our report, Surrey Uncovered, pinpoints these inequalities to guide funders and philanthropists on future areas of support. It reveals the reality of living in Surrey for those that are struggling and need help.

  • 80,616

    People with long-term illness

  • 108,433

    People provide unpaid care

  • 12,000

    Estimated young carers

Of adults are not exercising at the recommended levels


Latest news and events

Focus on Local Philanthropy

Our Deputy Director was recently interviewed by Martin Bamford, Managing Director of Informed Choice Independent Financial Planning. The podcast has local philanthropy READ MORE

Volunteering Opportunity in Spelthorne: Support our Surrey Young People’s Fund

We are looking to appoint a volunteer Assessor to work with disadvantaged young people, assessing applications for grants and providing READ MORE

Wendy Varcoe, Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Community Foundation for Surrey’s Executive Director Awarded MBE in Queen’s 2016 Birthday Honours

The Executive Director of the Community Foundation for Surrey, Wendy Varcoe, has been awarded a Member of the Order of READ MORE


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  • 2015-16 Awards

  • 339 grants

  • £1,001,053

  • Total awarded in grants to date (Since Establishing)
  • Total number of grants awarded to date (Since establishing)
  • Applications received that are awarded funding

What attracted us to the Foundation was their expert knowledge of local need.

Their research and due dilligence allows us to be confident our money is going where it is most needed and will make a real difference.

Wanda and Angus

Benefits of giving

  1. Bespoke donor service – tailored to make the impact you want to make.
  2. Benefit from 10 years of grant making experience – our research and local knowledge helps you fund projects doing incredible work below the radar.
  3. Building permanent community resources – we can invest your donations to generate ongoing income to award grants in perpetuity.
  4. Tax effective – Donations are tax efficient if you are a UK tax payer Gift Aid adds 25%.
  • £5,000 Gift

  • £1,250 Gift Aid

  • £6,250 Total

Self-sufficient Core Funding

We are working to become self sufficient and through gifts in kind and other support keep our overheads low to ensure maximum benefit to Surrey communities.

Maximising your gift



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In addition:  If you pay tax at the higher or additional rate, you can claim the difference between the rate you pay and basic rate on your donation.

For example: You donate £20,000 to the Foundation- we claim Gift Aid to make your donation £25,000. You pay 40% tax so you can personally claim back £5,000 (£25,000 x 20%). So a gift of £25,000 only costs you £15,000. Should you choose to re-gift this saving to the Foundation the magnifying effect of your original gift increases again.

With the support of the Community Foundation, the Horsleys Community Fund is going from strength to strength. We are awarding more grants to local groups who provide essential services in the villages and donors are confident their money is being used exactly where it is needed.

Clare Mathias

Chair, Horsleys Community Fund